Gene Kelly Fact Sheet: Who was Gene Kelly? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Gene Kelly, the famous American dancer and actor.
Gene Kelly Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1912 – 1996 *** Full Name: Gene Kelly was also known as Eugene Curran Kell *** Date of Birth (Birthday): He was born on August 23, 1912 *** Place of Birth: Gene Kelly was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania *** Family background: His father was James Patrick Joseph Kelly *** Early life and childhood: Gene Kelly grew up and spent the majority of his life in Pennsylvania *** Education: Gene Kelly began his education at St. Raphael Elementary School *** Gene Kelly died on February 2, 1996 ***
Gene Kelly Fact 1:
Eugene Curran 'Gene' Kelly was born
on August 23, 1912 in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, United States.
Gene Kelly Fact 6:
He continued his education at
Peabody High School. He graduated
when he was 16 years old and joined
Pennsylvania State College as a
journalism major. The devastating
Wall Street Crash occurred in 1929
which left Gene Kelly compelled to
leave college and begin work in
order to support his family.
Gene Kelly Fact 8: Gene Kelly returned to education in 1931 when he joined the University of Pittsburgh, he graduated in 1933. At the university, he was introduced to the Cap and Gown Club which he remained active with for a number of years. The Cap and Gown Club enabled him to stage musical productions and he served as the club's director for four years from 1934. He entered Law School at the University of Pittsburgh.
Gene Kelly Fact 9: His family established a dance school in Pittsburgh which was renamed the Gene Kelly Studio of Dance in 1932. Gene Kelly was a teacher at the dance studio whilst he was a university student.
Gene Kelly Fact 10:
After two months at the University
of Pittsburgh Law School, Gene Kelly
decided to drop out in order to
pursue a career in dance. He
continued teaching at The Gene Kelly
Studio of Dance before moving to New
York City to search for work as a
choreographer. He soon returned to
Pittsburgh where he became a
choreographer at the Pittsburgh
Playhouse with Charles Gaynor.
Gene Kelly Fact 16: He became recognized as an incredible dancer when he starred in 'Cover Girl' with Rita Hayworth. He created his own dance routine for the musical film which incorporated Gene Kelly dancing to his own shadow.
Gene Kelly Fact 17: His passion for film production prevailed when Gene Kelly was enlisted with the United States Naval Air Service in 1944. He was stationed in Washington D.C. in the Photographic Section. His position involved directing documentaries.
Gene Kelly Fact 18:
The American Film Institute named
him 15th in their Greatest Male
Stars: AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars
list of Hollywood actors and
actresses who made American screen
legend. Some of his most famous and
celebrated appearances over the
years include his lead role in
Singin' in the Rain, his animated
dance routine with Jerry Mouse in
Anchors Aweight, and his duets with
Frank Sinatra in On The Town.
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